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Ashlee Johnson

Ashlee Johnson Certified Instructor Ashlee found and fell in love with Pilates in college. Having grown up a self-proclaimed “book nerd” she hadn’t given much thought to sports or movement before college when she found herself needing to move her stressed body to help shake off the pressures of college life and newfound responsibilities as […]


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Mae Chesney

Mae Chesney Certified Instructor A classically-trained professional ballet dancer and teacher, Mae received her BFA from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She began teaching dance and fitness in 2011 to clients who range from young ballet dancers, to adults new to dance or group fitness. Mae is certified in STOTT PILATES Mat and […]


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Karen Banting

Karen Banting CSI  Karen was first introduced to Pilates during her years at Queen’s University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. After moving to Toronto in 2008, she began participating in weekly Reformer classes at the world renowned STOTT PILATES studio. A former dancer and gymnast, Pilates was a natural fit […]


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Melissa Kennedy

Melissa Kennedy CSI & STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer Melissa is classically trained in ballet and modern dance, and performed professionally in Minneapolis, MN and the Bay Area. She certified in STOTT PILATES®in St. Paul, MN (2007), studying with Kelly Dormady, Jill Winnegar, and Deborah Hunt. She completed her STOTT PILATES® full certification in 2012, and […]


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Holly Furgason

Holly Furgason Founder & CEO | STOTT PILATES® Lead Instructor Trainer | PMA®-CPT Holly Furgason is the founder and CEO of Blue Sparrow Pilates with locations in San Francisco (2007), CA. Renowned for excellence in the Bay Area, Blue Sparrow Pilates attracts students from around the world as the only STOTT PILATES® Licensed Training Center in […]